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If it didn't already mirror real life, there would be something kind of brilliant about a brash new-to-politics B-grade celebrity rising to power based on her penchant to speak her mind. [Viv Rook (Em…
In the opening moments of Waves, the camera spins euphorically as it follows a day in the life of 18-year-old Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). He goes to school, he works out, he hangs with his friends, a…
There has already been much criticism of reviewers giving away too much of the plot beforehand, which spoils somewhat of the "surprise" of the film, so I'll do my best. The basic characters are colleg…
A gaggle of estranged adult siblings return home when the patriarch of the family passes away. Sibling heckling occurs, secrets are revealed, and they've all just maybe grown up a little when their re…
Former Saturday Night Live co-stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader build on their existing friendship and professional history to co-star as dysfunctional twins Maggie and Milo, and the result is a funny…
The story takes place in the mid-80s New York City, and is apparently based on director Noah Baumbach's own family unravelling when he was a teenager. Dad Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is a famous writer. Or…
August: Osage County features its own special sort of effed up family. Matriarch Violet (Meryl Streep) is a withering mean old biddy. Violet has been diagnosed with mouth cancer—which is a little bit …
Everybody's Fine is not your typical cheery, laugh-a-minute holiday movie.  Instead, the film touches on love, loss, disappointment, and reconciliation.  It feels a lot like real life and is almost gu…
When it comes to independent films, it seems I'm always complaining that there is no ending, or at least no sense of resolution when the credits roll. Loverboy is just the opposite. The bulk of the fi…
In a performance that is powerful and yet beautifully nuanced, Elisabeth Banks walks away with every scene she’s in and proves herself a formidable acting talent in a way she never has before. Inspir…
I'm smacking myself on the head at this moment.  I've been sitting here trying to figure out how to justify a comparison between Falcon Crest and The Waltons to loyal Moviepie readers, only to discove…
The story centers on Bucharest university students Alex (Ioana Barbu) and Christina (Zooey Deschanel look-alike Maria Popistasu), who are over the moon about each other. Clandestine girlfriends, who m…
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